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Accattone (1961)

 -  Drama  -  4 April 1968 (USA)
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A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi
Franca Pasut ...
Stella
Silvana Corsini ...
Maddalena
Paola Guidi ...
Ascenza
Adriana Asti ...
Amore
Luciano Conti ...
Il Moicano
Luciano Gonini ...
Piede D'Oro
Renato Capogna ...
Renato
Alfredo Leggi ...
Papo Hirmedo
Galeazzo Riccardi ...
Cipolla
Leonardo Muraglia ...
Mammoletto
Giuseppe Ristagno ...
Peppe
Roberto Giovannoni ...
The German
Mario Cipriani ...
Balilla
Roberto Scaringella ...
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In a seedy section of Rome, Vittorio Cataldi - "Accattone" ("beggar" in Italian) to those that know him - lives off the avails of prostitution, Maddalena being his one and only girl. He is married to Ascenza with who he has one young son named Iaio, but he does not live with them - they who live with her father and brother - provide for them, or play any important part of their lives. He generally hangs out with his similarly slack life friends playing cards and drinking. His source of income is threatened when Maddalena is injured being hit by a motorcyclist, then beaten by rivals of his, which leads to her being arrested and jailed for a year. Largely because of Iaio, Accattone contemplates going straight and getting a real job. Then he meets Stella, a young innocent woman who has had a hard life, but who is not as naive to the ways of the world as she first appears. Accattone falls in love with her, but as the thought of working a steady job now becomes abhorrent, contemplates ... Written by Huggo

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The Rome premiere of Accatone was accosted by the neo-fascist group Nuova-Europa, causing mayhem by violently attacking the audience and vandalising the cinema. See more »

Quotes

The German: Accattone you look worn-out.
Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi: Not at all. I'm a free citizen. My woman never came home last night. Someone nobbled her leg. I want to die.
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brilliant contradiction between the profane and the sacred
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

don't be a fool, this movie is not about pimps! It is about the periphery of Rome during the post-war years and the better life that capitalism created for the masses yet fundamentally forgot about these denizens of the borgate. If you like contradictions, dichotomies and are a film of uber-neo-realism, read this film. The protagonist, Accattone, is yes a pimp, but he is a pimp because that is how he is rendered through society. Pasolini gives a weird sort of dignity to the slummy atmosphere and seedy characters that reside in it. Christological imagery is prevalent!!! If you are mildly cognizant of Renaissance and Baroque art, you will see what I am talking about.


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